Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Bongaigaon College on Tuesday Credit: Twitter/@sarbanandsonwal

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday said tourist sites in the state will have to be developed to attract visitors.

“The state has immense potential for tourism as it is bestowed with a rich biodiversity,” Sonowal said at a programme to hand over sanction letters to 34 beneficiaries under the village homestay scheme ‘Amar Alohi’.

He said the tourist spots will have to be developed maintaining the sanctity of their peripheries to attract visitors from across the world.

Sonowal distributed electronic gadgets to the beneficiaries under the Parjyatan Sarothi scheme and inaugurated country boat services at the Ramsar site wetland Deepor Beel herd.

The Amar Alohi village homestay scheme with a financial outlay of Rs 10 lakh each, with 80 per cent subsidy by the state government, was launched to infuse self sufficiency among the educated unemployed youths of the state and to facilitate accommodation and food for tourists in the rural areas.

Under the Parjyatan Sarothi scheme, around 5000 people engaged in tourism will be given electronic gadgets with an aap ‘Awe Assam’ for facilitating online booking and other logistic facilities.

The state government under the ‘Uttaran’ scheme has sanctioned Rs 10 crore and the forest, environment and tourism departments have been asked to unitedly build a roadmap for the promotion of tourism surrounding the wetland.

Sonowal said that the state government has formed the Deepor Beel Development Authority for the development of the wetland and several measures have been taken for the protection of its environment and expanding its green cover.

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